Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)

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Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
  • scooped neckline on front 

  • Baby doll / smock style

  • Buttons down the front (works for breastfeeding!)

  • Gathered waist

  • Pockets in side seams

  • Loose oversized fit

  • above knee length

  • Fabric designed by Dora Deemal, HopeVale Far North QLD

  • Hand screen printed  

  • Cream, light blue and pink on red lightweight linen 

  • Dress made ethically in Sydney

Artist: Dora Deemal

Dora is a significant elder of the Binthi clan (one of 32 clan lands of the Guugu Yimithirr tribal nations) and lives in Hopevale in Cape York QLD. Her family totems are Gaalaya (centipede) and Wandarr (white cockatoo).

Dora’s mum’s family were from Stonehenge (near Winton QLD). After Dora’s Grandmother was bitten by a death adder, Dora’s mum and her siblings were taken to away to Cape Bedford mission.

During WWII the German Lutheran missionary at Cape Bedford was taken as a prisoner of war, suspected of operating as a spy. Aboriginal people living at the mission were suspected of transmitting smoke signals to Japanese planes and were forcibly relocated to government camp Woorabinda in South West QLD. They were kept there in camps for eight years.

Dora was born at Woorabinda and returned to the newly established HopeVale Mission when she was five.

Dora started working at HopeVale Arts and Cultural Centre after she retired from working at the Aged Care centre, to keep her mind busy and work with the other ladies. She has 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren

Art story: Babatha Nganga (gum flowers)

“This is a design about gum nut flowers – which we call Babatha Nganga in Guugu Yimithirr. Babatha grows around here, around the bush. Our gum trees come out with white flowers during the winter-time (but I’ve seen pink and red in Cairns). It’s

beautiful to see them on top of the hills – white amongst the green. There’s lots you can do with Babatha. The dead gum trees are good for making cooking fires; we cook damper and fish on the coals of that kind of tree. We make necklaces from the nuts; and you can make a whistle out of the gum nut. The bees make lovely honey from the flowers.”

This design was created at the HopeVale Arts and Culture Centre during a workshop with Cairns based Textile artist Bobbie Rueben.

Size and fit

Mundanara wears size 12 (bust: 108cm, waist: 100cm, hips: 120cm, height: 164cm)

Garment Measurements:

Size

6

8

10

12

14

16

bust (cms)

98

103

108

113

118

123

bottom hem width (cms)

160

165

170

175

180

185

length (from scooped neck to hem)

82.72

83.36

84

84.64

85.25

85.92

 

See here for our sizing guide.

Treat me right

Design is printed on cotton/linen with quality inks and then heat-set; designs are colourfast. Each metre of fabric is hand-printed and is unique - fabulous variations often occur!

Please treat your wearable art with love and care – we recommend cold hand wash, dry in shade, and reverse iron.

Shipping

Standard Australia Post: AUD $8 (approx 5 business days)

Express Australia Post: AUD $11 (approx 1 - 2 business days)

NZ standard post: $13

NZ express post: $20

Standard International post: AUD $15

Express International Post: AUD $25

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We want you to be happy with your Magpie Goose item + for it to fit well. We will exchange, provide a store credit, or provide a refund if your item does not fit or if the piece is not right for you! Full returns policy here.


Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
Smock dress - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
 
Size (au) 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
Bust (cm) 83 88 93 98 103 108.5 114 119.5 129.5
Waist (cm) 63 68 73 78 83 88.5 94 99.5 105
Hip (cm) 92 97 102 107 112 117.5 123 128.5 134


 

 

 

 

* This chart refers to your body measurements (in cm) Actual garment measurements can be found on each individual product page.

 



HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF TO FIND YOUR BEST FIT:


Use a measuring tape. Alternatively, you can use a piece of ribbon/string and then measure it with a ruler afterwards.


Don’t hold the tape measure too tightly to your body, you should be able to breathe comfortably when measuring.


It makes things easier if you do your measurements in front of a mirror or if you have a friend to help you out.


Take your measurements over bare skin or in your underwear. 

 

Note: it is a good idea to take into account what underwear you normally wear. For example: if you normally wear a padded bra, it’s best to measure whilst wearing that bra as the padding can quite dramatically alter your measurements. Similarly, if it is a style that you wouldn't normally wear a bra with, measure over your bare skin.



Bust:


With your shoulders relaxed and arms by your sides measure the largest point of your bust, ensure the tape measure is held level around your back.


Waist:


Relax (don’t breathe in!) and measure the narrowest part of your waist, if you are unsure, bend sideways and where you ‘bend’ is a good indicator.


Hip:


Stand with your feet together. Measure around the  widest part of your hips and bottom. Ensure you keep the tape measure level.



HOW TO USE GARMENT MEASUREMENTS TO GET YOUR BEST FIT:


Each of the Magpie Goose product pages will have some key measurements of that specific garment and advice about the fit (eg. oversized, true to size etc).
To put it simply, you want your BODY measurement to be SMALLER than the GARMENT measurements. You want to allow a few cm extra for “breathing space”.
A good way to check your desired fit is to get your favourite pair of pants and check the waist measurement on those. You can do the same thing for the bust measurement of a top, etc.


If you need some help with deciding  your size, just get in touch! hello@magpiegoose.com

Or, if when you receive your order it’s still not right, that’s ok too! Check out our returns process here